Conference programme

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Supernatural Creatures: from Elf-Shot to Shrek
22-24 September 2014
(All sessions are held at the University of Łódź Conference Centre – 16/18 Kopcinskiego Street)

Monday, September 22

Starting at 11:30



Plenary lecture 1

(Chair: Andrzej Wicher)

Martin Arnold (University of Hull)

The Name of the Dragon

13:00 – 14:30

Lunch break

14:30 – 16:30

Session 1

(Chair: Martin Arnold)

Sviatoslav Piven (National University of Kyiv-Mohyla Academy)

Unknown =/≠ Dangerous: Magical Creatures as the Other in George R.R. Martin's A Song of Ice and Fire and Andrzej Sapkowski's The Witcher Saga

Joanna Szwed-Śliwowska (University of Warsaw)

The League of Extraordinary Heroines - Creating Superwomen in G. R. R. Martin’s A Song of Ice and Fire.

Przemysław Górniak (University of Warsaw)

Of Godly Serpents and Winged Apes: The Howardian Bestiary against the Background of Mythological and Epic Monstrosities

Łukasz Neubauer (Koszalin University of Technology)

‘The Eagles are coming!’: Tolkien’s Reinterpretation of the ‘Beasts of Battle’ Motif in The Hobbit and The Lord of The Rings

Starting at 17:00

Sightseeing tour of Łódź

Tuesday, September 23

Plenary lecture 2

(Chair: Piotr Spyra)

Alaric Hall (University of Leeds)

Elves, Terrorists and Iceland, from Christianisation to Financial Crisis


Session 2

(Chair: Alaric Hall)

Joanna Matyjaszczyk (University of Łódź)

The Question of Classifying Revenant Balladry as a Subcategory of Ballads about Supernatural Beings

Piotr Spyra (University of Łódź)

Ben Jonson’s Alchemist – the Essential Guide to Early Modern Fairy Belief

Katarzyna Ojrzyńska (University of Łódź)

Revisiting Changeling Lore in the Irish Drama of the Celtic Revival


Lunch break

14:15 – 15:45

Session 3

(Chair: Piotr Spyra)

Hend Al-Sudairy (Alfaisal University, Saudi Arabia)

The Shared Imprisonment of Human Being and Supernatural Entity in the Saudi Novel Saja’s Visit

Khorshid Norouzi (Islamic Azad University, Tehran, Iran)

Traces of Supernatural Creatures in Persian Literature

Shahparak Farahbakhsh Isfahan

(Islamic Azad University, Tehran, Iran)

Fable and Supernatural Animals in Persian Literature


Session 4

(Chair: Bartłomiej Błaszkiewicz)

Marta Nowicka (University of Gdańsk)

Ghostly (r)Evolutions: Functions and Changes of Literary Spectral Apparitions in Selected Ghost Stories

Paulina Mirowska (University of Łódź)

Sam Shepard’s Revisionist Western: The Haunted Frontier in Silent Tongue (1994)


Session 5

(Chair: Paulina Mirowska)

Ewa Wiśniewska-Steciuk (University of Social Sciences, Łódź)

Breaking with Tradition: the Depiction of Fairy Tale Characters in Once Upon a Time

Barbara Kulesza-Gulczyńska (Adam Mickiewicz University, Poznań)

Why Can Mary Sue Never be a Human? - the Role of Supernatural Creatures in Fan Fiction

From 19:00

Conference Reception – Affogato Restaurant, Piotrkowska 90

Wednesday, September 24


Plenary lecture 3 (Chair: Martin Arnold)
Andrzej Wicher (University of Łódź)

The Meaning of Tolkien’s Glaurung

10:50 – 11:30

Coffee Break


Session 6

(Chair: Andrzej Wicher)

Weronika Łaszkiewicz (University of Białystok)

Peter S. Beagle and Transformations of the Mythical Unicorn

Aneta Jałocha (Jagiellonian University, Kraków)

Visions of Vampirism in Popular Culture: Transformations of Myth

Bartłomiej Błaszkiewicz (University of Warsaw)

On the Human, the Sapient and the Other in the Recent Work of Terry Pratchett

Mark Wegierski (Polish Institute of Arts and Sciences in Canada) & Wojciech Szymański

Images of Elves: Examining the Extent of the Tolkienian Transformation, and Subsequent ‘Postmodern’ Visions, especially in Pratchett’s Discworld, and the Shadowrun, Warhammer, and Castle Falkenstein Role-Playing Games

From 13:45


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